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London’s universities are amongst the most international universities in the world

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Times Higher Education has ranked universities around the world according to their international outlook. The ranking looks at how international the universities are. This is important as international networks and collaborations help universities to attract the best academics and the brightest students. The ranking measured each university’s international student numbers, its percentage of international staff and the proportion of internationally co-authored research.

Of the top 30 most international universities, 7 are located in London. London is a great city for international students as you can be sure that you will study with other bright students from around the world and be taught by internationally renowned academics. The following universities are amongst the top 30:

Royal Holloway, University of London – 6th in the ranking: Royal Holloway has 8,700 students which includes international students from over 100 countries. Around 20% of the student population are international students.

Imperial College London – 8th in the ranking: Imperial is a science-based institution with a worldwide reputation for excellence in teaching and research. In 2013, over 60% of students who enrolled at Imperial were from outside the United Kingdom.

University College London – 15th in the ranking: UCL is known as London’s Global University and is home to the largest number of international students in London. Over 40% of students come from outside the UK, from over 150 countries.

Brunel University – 19th in the ranking: Brunel is home to over 2,500 international students from over 110 different countries. It offers a number of support services to international students as well as international scholarships.

Queen Mary, University of London – 20th in the ranking: With over 6,000 international students, this is one of London’s most cosmopolitan universities offering an integrated teaching, research and residential campus in central London.

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) – 24th in the ranking: As one of the leading social science universities in the world, LSE has a worldwide reputation for academic excellence. The university is home to international students from over 150 different countries.

King’s College London – 27th in the ranking: King’s has a diverse community with students from nearly 140 countries. Almost one in five students at King’s is an international student.

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